A Personal Story: Bad Teeth Change You – Lauren, Woodsville

Lauren lives in Woodsville, New Hampshire. This is her story:

I have friends and family who have gone without dental care because they either were without insurance or simply could not afford to get the level of oral care they needed. The negative impact the look of rotting or missing teeth has on a person is tremendous. Psychologically it is so damaging as to actually cause depression, alienation from loved ones, and may actually cause one to limit any outside contact to avoid embarrassment. The physical problems associated with tooth loss and decay are also impressive. If food is not chewed properly, normal digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals cannot take place. Facial changes in bone structure occurs. This leads to problems – weakness and shifting of healthy teeth. You begin to look different.

I have seen the confidence, happiness, and health of people I know become severely altered as a result of the inaccessibility of proper dental treatment and care.

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